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125: Espargaro leads Friday practice

Pol Espargaro claimed first position in Friday free practice for the 125cc Spanish Grand Prix on his very last lap of the one-hour session at Jerez.

The Tuenti rider edged out Red Bull Ajo rider Marc Marquez by 0.121sec, with Efron Vasquez completing an all-Spanish - and all-Derbi - top three covered by just 0.247s.

Sandro Cortese was best of the rest, over one second behind Espargaro, while Qatar winner Nicolas Terol was fifth fastest for Aspar Aprilia.

Tito Rabat claimed sixth while last year's Spanish Grand Prix winner Bradley Smith, a disappointing eighth at Qatar after technical troubles, began his weekend with seventh – but nearly two-seconds from the top.

Fellow Briton Danny Webb suffered a slow lowside fall on his way to tenth.

Friday practice - Jerez:

1. Espargaro (Derbi) 1min 47.327sec
2. Marquez (Derbi) +0.121s
3. Vazquez (Derbi) +0.247s
4. Cortese (Derbi) +1.091s
5. Terol (Aprilia) +1.265s
6. Rabat (Aprilia) +1.723s
7. Smith (Aprilia) +1.943s
8. Moncayo (Aprilia) +2.013s
9. Iwema (Aprilia ) +2.112s
10. Webb (Aprilia) +2.288s

Tagged as: Jerez , 125 , Qatar

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Nick - Unregistered

April 30, 2010 2:53 PM

Maybe the Derbi's have a little performance advantage on the Aprillia's this year? You shouldn't read too much into the first session. Anyway being the fastest in the world is not easy you know, they are all on it! Specially those hot headed Spanish guys at their home GP :)

Oli - Unregistered

April 30, 2010 3:54 PM

Forgetting anyone else for the moment, I am racking my brains. MotoGP times last year were generally slower than in 08 because of the control tyre. Can anyone think why 125 times should be slower this year than last year? I can't. Yet Bradley topped FP1 last year with a 47.3 from Simon on a 47.6, in dry, 23 degrees. Today was dry and 24 degrees. So whatever anyone else is doing, Bradley isn't just 2 seconds slower than the leaders, he is two seconds slower than HIMSELF from 12 months ago. Very strange. For reference over the rest of this weekend, last year Bradleys times: FP1: 47.3 (1st) FP2: 47.5 (2nd) QP: 48.4 (2nd) WUP: 48.0 (2nd) RACE:47.2 (1st) Lets hope!

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